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Border Patrol Settles Lawsuit After Detaining Americans for Speaking Spanish

(CNN)Two American citizens have reached a settlement in a lawsuit they filed against US Customs and Border Protection after an agent asked them for IDs because he heard them speaking Spanish.

Ana Suda and Martha “Mimi” Hernandez, who live in the small town of Havre, Montana, say they were detained by a border patrol agent while waiting to pay for groceries at a local convenience store in May 2018.

The agent, Paul O’Neill, approached them, commented on their accent, and asked where they were born, according to the ACLU. When they responded — Suda is from Texas and Hernandez is from California — he asked to see identification and questioned them for 40 minutes, they say.
O’Neal eventually returned their licenses and told them they could go, the court document says.

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